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Saturday, May 4th, 2019 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Cherry blossoms draw thousands of people to High Park every spring but did you know that High Park is also home to the Black Oak Savannah, a nationally endangered ecosystem? Learn about how it was almost lost but thanks to a little flower was found again.

All ages are welcome, but content most suitable for adults and older children (8+).

This walk is NOT wheelchair or stroller accessible.

This is a free event but registration is required.

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Saturday, May 11th, 2019 5:00 am - 6:30 am

Calling all early birds: flock to High Park at the crack of dawn for a quiet hike to a secluded spot to hear the morning chorus of birdsong as the sun rises. This is a free event but registration is required - there will be coffee!

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Saturday, May 11th, 2019 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

As a part of City of Toronto’s “Ravine Days” celebration, we invite you to explore the surprising biodiversity of Spring Creek on a nature walk led by one of the High Park Nature Centre’s creek geeks. Investigate historical maps to see how ravines age over time; compare human impacts on different tributaries; discover an underground aquifer and consider what we can do to ensure Toronto’s ravines are both healthy and functional ecosystems for future generations.

All ages are welcome, but content most suitable for adults and older children (8+).

This walk is NOT wheelchair or stroller accessible.

This is a free event but registration is required.

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Sunday, May 26th, 2019, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Ojiibikens, Toronto and York Region Metis Council and High Park Nature Centre invite you to Métis storytelling with Ron Evans!

Ron Evans is an Elder that carries the oral traditions of his Métis and Chippewa-Cree ancestries. He was raised in the traditional ways of his people, learning from Elders though storytelling and oral teachings. He continues to live this tradition by telling the stories passed down to him throughout his life.

Free for families and community

Kid- friendly activities planned for the day!

  • Storytelling
  • Métis jigging
  • Arts and crafts
  • Snacks by the fire

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Join drag stars Fay and Fluffy for a special outdoor storytime in OURSpace. After telling their tales, Fay and Fluffy will hit the trails with High Park Nature Centre staff. On the walk we will explore the idea of how being different helps the plants and animals in High Park thrive. This event is for everyone but we would like to extend a special invitation to families with LGBTQ2S parent(s) and gender variant children.

This event is free but registration is required.

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Thursday, June 25th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Thursday, July 11th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, July 24th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Join us this summer to learn all about Toronto's native, wild bee populations in this year's Speaker Series, Wild Bee Buzz Talks! Over the course of four lectures by local bee experts, we will explore everything from High Park's bee phenology, to urban bee survival skills, and the ways we can protect these vital insects for years to come.

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Wed, July 3rd, 8:30 - 10:30 PM: Urban Bat Walk & Star Party
Wed, July 10th, 8:30 - 10:00 PM: Urban Bat Walk
Wed, July 31st, 8:30 - 10:30 PM: Urban Bat Walk & Star Party
Wed, August 15th, 8:30 - 10:00 PM: Urban Bat Walk

Urban Bat Walks:
Let's explore High Park's amazing and mysterious bat populations! Using hand-held bat detectors, we will listen for bats' ultrasonic calls in High Park, explore their habitat, behaviour, and favourite foods as they swoop and loop during their evening, mid-air forage.

Summer Star Parties:
As the sky fades into night, stick around to explore the astronomical wonders above us with the help of our new telescope! (Supported by Kiwanis Club of Toronto)

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3 Sessions

October 26, 2018 - Families 6–7:45 pm, Late Night (adults) 8-10 pm

October 27, 2018 - Families 6-7:45 pm

This walk through the woodlands will lead to lots of creepy nature spots to learn the not-so-scary truth about bats, spiders, toads, gnomes and much more. Enjoy the night by warming up around a campfire!

Dates for 2019 Coming Soon

October 28, 2018 4–6pm

Come carve a pumpkin and set it afloat with other ghoulish gourds! Meet at the wading pool in the northwest corner of High Park, just west of the main entrance to High Park at Bloor Street West and High Park Avenue.

Dates for 2019 Coming Soon

Dec. 15th, 2018 8-9:30am

Join the Winter Bird Count for Kids – a by donation event! You will learn how to use binoculars (please bring your own pair if you have them!), identify birds, and collect data to help with bird conservation efforts.

December 15th 2018

Saturday December 15, 2018. 10 am-12 pm or 1-3 pm

Sunday December 16, 2018. 10 am-12 pm or 1-3 pm

Help decorate an evergreen tree in High Park with handmade pine cone bird feeders and edible garlands for the birds. Hike through the woods and discover how birds like cardinals, nuthatches and woodpeckers survive the winter.

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Saturday, February 23th OR Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 6-8pm or 8-10pm (adult prowl)

Join us to learn all about the owls of High Park! We’ll begin this event with an indoor interactive slideshow that will focus on owl adaptations, what they eat, where they live and the different species that can be found in Toronto. Each family will dissect an owl pellet. Then we'll go for a walk in the woods!

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Saturday, March 30, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for a lights out event at the High Park Nature Centre! We'll begin the event with candle dipping and lantern making. The lanterns will light our way through the trails as we learn about the impacts of climate change on the animals and plants of High Park. We will end the hike with a campfire and s'mores.

FLAP Canada will be at our EARTH HOUR event with their display and to talk about their important work and if weather permits there will be a star party following the event from 9:30 pm -10:00 pm.

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